Part of being a teenager is making choices about drugs and alcohol. You will be offered some of these at some point. You may want to take them, or you may feel pressured into taking them. There are risks, so you should never use drugs or alcohol if you don’t want to. Drug or alcohol use can lead to legal problems, as drug use is illegal and alcohol consumption is limited by age. Drugs and alcohol can also affect your heart, liver and brain.
Interactions with medications
If you are taking medications there is a chance that they will interact if you use alcohol or another substance. There really has not been a lot of research on medication interactions between anti retroviral medications and substance use.
Drug and alcohol intoxication can affect the way you make decisions about taking medications, unsafe sexual practices, driving, and other behaviour. If you are using alcohol or substances, be safe. Protect yourself and the people around you.
If you are going to drink
- Plan how much you are going to drink in advance. If you know the amount of alcohol it takes to make you feel sick or act stupid, plan for less and keep track.
- Drink a glass of water in between every alcoholic drink.
- Stay away from drinks that don’t have any alcohol taste, like coolers. It is too easy to drink too much without realizing it when you can’t taste the alcohol.
- Have a plan for getting home before you start drinking. If you notice the designated driver is drinking, come up with another plan before you have anything more to drink.
- Mixing alcohol with energy drinks can have serious consequences. You don’t feel as drunk, but you are just as impaired.
Wear a MedicAlert bracelet or have a MyHealth Passport in your wallet. If you are in an accident of some kind, you want to make sure that the Emergency Department knows that you are on medication.